Federal prosecutors accused Harold Henthorn of pushing his wife, Toni Henthorn, off a 128-foot cliff at the top of a hiking trail in 2012 in an effort to collect on a $4.7 million life insurance policy.
A federal jury convicted the 59-year-old Henthorn of murder after it was discovered he had marked his hiking map with an “x” in the exact location Toni fell from, and that despite his claims that he performed CPR on her, there were no signs that the rescue procedure took place.
Perhaps even more damning was this: Toni was Henthorn’s second wife to die under mysterious circumstances.
His first wife, Sandra Lynn, was crushed to death by a car 20 years ago in what he described as a freak accident that occurred changing a tire. Henthorn also collected a life insurance policy following her demise, and police have now reopened that case.
This time around, Henthorn claimed Toni had fallen to her death while posing for a picture. While that claim might seem far-fetched, especially given Henthorn’s history, consider this: more people have died taking selfies this year than from shark attacks.
According to Mashable, after a 66-year-old Japanese man fell down a flight of stairs while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal, the total number of selfie-related deaths in 2015 totalled 12 people. By comparison, despite all the gloom and doom that we’ve heard of the increasing number of shark attacks this year globally, only eight people have died from being chomped by sharks.
In addition to tragic selfie-related deaths, 2015 has brought us a slew of less tragic selfie-related injuries. From selfie-induced rattlesnake bites to selfie-seeking motocross fans getting hit by bikes, if 2015 has taught us anything, it’s that it isn’t safe to constantly be staring at a phone screen.
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